Y- Assist Supporting vulnerable and young pregnant women and mothers

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The President’s Trust today launched a new initiative – Y-Assist - targeting vulnerable young mothers.

This initiative developed by The President’s Trust aims to make a difference through supported accommodation for young mothers who are facing complex challenges. It was after a number of in-depth discussions with different stakeholders that it was established that vulnerable young women between the ages of 18 and 25 require support and will benefit from living semi-independently in the community and by following an educational and life skills programme, with the aim of being able to care for their children independently.

The design of this programme was developed based on the model developed in the UK by Life Charity, a non-governmental organisation, which has been managing a network of supported housing for pregnant women and young mothers for a good number of years.

The President’s Trust has partnered with the St. Jeanne Antide Foundation to plan and implement this initiative.  The St. Jeanne Antide Foundation (VO/005) is the social care services arm of the Sisters of Charity. Its overarching aim is to provide professional support services to vulnerable individuals and families who are suffering due to difficult life circumstances and those who are sliding into poverty and are socially excluded.  Since 2007, the Foundation has carried out street outreach work as a means of identifying and extending support to hard-to-reach vulnerable families, assisting them as close as possible to where they live. The Foundation has naturally evolved from providing services to the local communities into providing services on a national level as well.  

The President’s Trust extends its appreciation to the Sisters of Charity who are making available the first house for this initiative.  This first house is welcoming  the first mothers with immediate effect.  The second apartment which is due to be operational before November this year, is being paid for by Sunspot Tours Ltd, a Maltese owned, UK based Tour Operator. 

Sarah Borda Bondin, Director of The President’s Trust said that “The President’s Trust makes a difference within gaps in existing services.  This is one of them.  There is nothing existent for such mothers.  Our aim is to have a network of four apartments, supporting 12 mothers at any point in time, by end of next year.”

More information about the newly launched initiative can be found in the following links:

https://president.gov.mt/media-all/president-presides-launch-new-initiative-presidents-trust/

https://www.timesofmalta.com/articles/view/20170714/local/initiative-to-help-vulnerable-young-mothers-launched-by-presidents.653259#.WWjQ1dyhiv8.facebook

http://www.tvm.com.mt/mt/news/jitnieda-programm-biex-ommijiet-zghazagh-vulnerabbli-jqumu-fuq-saqajhom/?src=hm

http://netnews.com.mt/2017/07/14/filmat-sister-tereza-thalli-dar-shiha-mill-wirt-ghal-ommijiet-zghazagh-vulnerabbli/